Absa Premiership Round-Up
Mpumalanga Black Aces 1 Platinum Stars 1
Mpumalanga Black Aces and Platinum Stars played to a stalemate for the second time this season when both sides squared off in the first Absa Premiership fixture of the past weekend. Dikwena are 6th on the log with 28 points from 18 matches, while AmaZayoni are 12th with 24 points from 19 matches.
Free Sate Stars 1 Ajax Cape Town 1
Free State Stars failed to register a win that would have seen them move level points with 14th placed Polokwane City and boost their relegation survival. Ea Lla Koto, who are second from bottom, opened the scoring just before the half time through on loan striker Richard Henyekane, but they could not hold on for maximum points and Urban Warriors youngster Tasheeq Morris equalised after the hour mark to earn a point for mid table placed Ajax Cape Town.
University of Pretoria 1 Orlando Pirates 0
AmaTuks showed why they deserve to play topflight football again next season when they beat big name Orlando Pirates 1-0, thanks for a late goal from Thabo Mosadi. This was the third win on the trot from Steve Barker’s men and the victory lifted them to 10th on the log with 26 points from 21 games, while the Buccaneer’s slim title chances faded away as they are now 13 points adrift leader Kaizer Chiefs with two games in hand. University of Pretoria can surprise many again by finishing in the top-half of the table for the second season running if they continue their fine form.
Moroka Swallows 1 Bloemfontein Celtic 1
Moroka Swallows are yet to register a League win in 2014 after they were held to a 1-all draw at home by in-form Bloemfontein Celtic. The home looked to be going for a win when on loan striker Edward Manqele scored in the quarter-hour mark only for Celtic and Botswana defender Mogogi Gabonamong levelled matter for the visitors. The Dube Bird dropped to 11th on the log with 24 points from 19 matches while Siwelele remain 8th with 27 points from 20 matches.
AmaZulu 0 Mamelodi Sundowns 2
Mamelodi Sundowns returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over AmaZulu side who they beat 7-1 in the reverse fixture at Loftus late last year. This was the first win for the Brazilians in three matches after losing twice in row in their last outings. Former Orlando Pirates playmaker Teko Modise and veteran midfielder Surprise Moriri helped the Pretoria side to a victory against top-half placed Usuthu. Sundowns remain second with 37 points, and six points behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs who have a game in hand. AmaZulu are 7th with 28 with 8 games to play.
Polokwane City 1 Bidvest Wits 3.
Bidvest Wits are still in the race to win the league title after beating strugglers Polokwane City 3-1 away from home to stay in touch with log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, who are just six points richer than the Students. Jabulani Shongwe, Burundian attacker Papy Faty and former Kaizer Chiefs marksman Sthembiso Ngcobo scored the all three important goals for Gavin Hunt’s men while Vukile Mngibisa scored a consolation goal for the rookies.